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A popular example of cooperative binding is between haemoglobin and oxygen. In the lungs, there is a very high concentration of oxygen in the alveoli of the lungs. So the oxygen bonds to haemoglobin to form oxyhaemoglobin. When this travels around the body in the blood and reaches areas of low oxygen concentration, the oxygen is released from the haemoglobin.
References[change | change source]
- Heinz Decker & Kensal E van Holde 2011. Oxygen and the evolution of life Heidelberg; New York: Springer, p. 84
- Michael L Johnson; Jo M Holt; Gary K Ackers 2011. Biothermodynamics, Part D Amsterdam, Netherlands; Boston, MA: Elsevier/Academic Press, p. xiii
- Pamela C. Champe; Richard A. Harvey; Denise R. Ferrier 2005. Biochemistry Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, p. 29
- Pauling L. 1935. The oxygen equilibrium of hemoglobin and its structural interpretation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 21 (4): 186–191. 
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